How A Toy For Children Could Be The Key To Conquering Malaria

Pocket-sized potential.

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Ever play with a whirligig as a kid? 

If so, you probably didn't make the connection at the time, but the spinning disc and the string it sits on kind of function like a centrifuge. Centrifuges spin at high speeds in order to separate materials found in fluids, but the machines are bulky and can be expensive.

Researchers at Stanford think a whirligig could be the substitute for the machinery, as the pocket-sized toys can perform practically the same function without the electricity. They could be crucial to detecting diseases such as malaria and getting people in low-income areas treatment before the symptoms become fatal.

Check out the video above to learn more about this breakthrough.

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